What is Steel?
The word “steel” is derived from the Latin meaning “of a metallic nature.” Steel is formed by combining chromium and manganese, creating an alloy with the properties of both chromium and manganese. Steel is one of the most popular and strongest building materials in use today. It is the fundamental material used in aircraft, trains, cars, and other mechanical systems, including in the construction of skyscrapers and bridges. The durability of steel makes it ideal for use in these systems. It also allows for it to be shaped using Euromac Bending Machines like the ones from Cotswold Machinery Sales.
Steel is an alloy composed of steel or iron with generally no other elements added for the purpose of increasing strength. Other elements can be added or even several other elements can exist in a given alloy. For instance, stainless steel that is highly corrosion-resistant, has a coating of chromium on its surface. Steel comes in several different varieties based upon the content of alloying elements. The first two types of steel are classified as cold rolled and hot rolled; the latter being stearned or having a steel grain finish and possessing the additional property of being ductile.
Steel comes in three different grades: Grade A, grade B, and grade C, which contain higher carbon in comparison to the other two. Some alloys, such as stainless steels are blended with other materials to create a more desirable characteristic, such as the use of chromium for additional corrosion resistance. However, despite the different grades of steel, they are all considered to be ‘cold formed,’ which means that they are formed in a cold temperature under pressure.